Date: 17th March 2006 at 11:49am
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Ex-United goalkeeper Alex Stepney feels Gary Neville will become part of a dying breed when he joins Manchester United’s illustrious 500 club next week.

The Red Devils skipper will become only the eighth player in the club’s history to reach the landmark. The 31-year-old will be joining Sir Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Tony Dunne, Joe Spence, Denis Irwin, Ryan Giggs and Stepney himself.

Paul Scholes will become the ninth when he returns to the starting line-up following his eye injury.

Stepney: ‘Someone like Gary is a dying breed. In my day, you could win a league title with 14 players, which could never happen now. There were plenty of players who had that length of service. Each club had a few of them.

‘It is harder these days to reach such a remarkable figure because loyalty, agents and squad rotation makes it so much more difficult to stick around for that length of time.

‘You have to be at a club for 10 years or more to be able to play in so many matches and, in the modern game, you do not see many players doing that.’